General Chair Message
Executif Committee Message
Program at Glance
am pleased to welcome you to this edition of WoSSPA 2011 organized in
Tipaza, Algeria, by Ecole Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers. This is
the 25th Anniversary of WoSSPA and it is the first time that WoSSPA is
organized in an African country; and, it follows the successful
organization of ISSPA 2007 and WoSPA 2008 in Sharjah, UAE. Previous
earlier events were all organized in Australia apart from a joint event
organized in Malaysia in 2005, starting from a workshop in 1986 that
was in preparation for the first ISSPA held in 1987 in Brisbane,
Australia. The name of the event was then WoSPA (Worshop on Signal
Processing and its Applications). The word “Systems” in the title was
added this year.
After 1986, the next WoSPA events were held in
1990 and 1992 as two-day workshops that immediately followed ISSPA 1990
and WoSPA 1992, and they were specialized workshops with time-frequency
signal analysis as the 1990 theme and Higher Order Spectra as the 1992
theme. From 1993, WoSPA was organized independently of ISSPA and it was
held in between two ISSPAs until now.
As for all the previous events, we have emphasized some particular
themes: biomedical research, signal processing for communications
and Radar Signal Processing as well as other multi-disciplinary
research. The background for this decision is local, taking into
account directions taken by Algerian Researchers.
With this workshop, we will have now organized three main high level
events (including ISSPA 2007 and WoSPA2008 in Sharjah) in the field of
Signal Processing in the Middle East & North Africa region. It was
found that, in order for universities in the region to make a
significant contribution to the field of Signal Processing, we needed
to link those areas of expertise available locally with expatriate
researchers in overseas universities. To make this link productive, it
was desirable to define clear objectives and efficient strategies.
Organizing WoSSPA 2011 is part of this strategy. It aims to take
advantage of local expertise to define new multi-disciplinary research
directions that will need to significant innovation for the benefit of
the local, Arab, African and international community. In particular,
Algerian researchers participating at WoSSPA 2011 should be able to
mingle freely with overseas delegates without the hassles involved in
trying to get a visa for events organized in an overseas destination.
I welcome all the delegates, and especially the international ones, to
this event and hope that they will have fruitful discussions, and take
time to get familiar with local Algerian researchers. I am confident
that WoSSPA 2011 will be beneficial for all delegates and will
contribute, in particular, to help local research teams to reach world
standards and become some of the top research teams in the region.
Indeed, a desired outcome of such scientific events is to help regional
emerging countries connect with international research conducted in
more developed countries and form new networks linking researchers from
these different regions that will lead to new collaborations. At a more
individual level, international delegates will be able to see for
themselves the opportunities available for research in Algeria; and
local researchers will be able to make new connections.
As the founder of both ISSPA and WoSPA, as the former founder and
Director of the Signal Processing Research Centre in Australia, and
former Dean of ECUoS, this event is also part of my personal strategy
to be relevant to the Community and ensure that my work will leave a
useful legacy both internationally and to this promising region.
I am of course indebted to my colleagues Karim Abed-Meraim from
Telecom-Paris-Tech and Adel Belouchrani from Ecole Nationale
Polytechnique of Algiers for joining together as a team and make this
event a reality.
WoSSPA 2011 General Chair
Professor Boualem Boashash